Archive for July, 2011

WVRST: get your sausage on

Monday, July 11th, 2011

So I’ve been hearing about this place and thought I needed to check it out ASAP because I love me some sausages. Getting there turned out to be a royal pain in the ass because there was so much construction going on downtown and part of King St. was closed down for a movie production…ANYHOW, summer is construction season, so if you can, take TTC peeps.

You can’t miss WVRST with its bright red signs outside the black building. Upon entering, I was impressed by their open space; with communal tables and benches and a bar at one end. What I loved most was the subway style wall on one end and the string of lights throughout the ceiling that gave it a kind of festive/celebratory vibe. We went around lunchtime and it was surprisingly kind of empty. But I suspect they do most of their business at night.

I ordered the duck sausage with caramelized onions and sweet peppers, while Jeff got the venison (he wanted kangaroo but they were out!) with sauerkraut and sweet peppers. We also ordered a pint of Beau’s and Grand River and shared some duck fat fries. As you can see from the pic, my bun was pretty burnt…way more than I liked…but aside from that, I really enjoyed the sausage! Was very filling (as you would imagine a rich meat like duck would be)…and I tried a bit of Jeff’s venison which was delish! The fries were pretty tasty and you get 2 dipping sauces. We got the WVRST spicy and the maple/rosemary for a bit of sweet. The maple/rosemary was too oily and I would not get it again.

Since we ordered game meat, it was a couple of dollars more than the “regular” sausages but totally worth it I think. Our bill was $44 before tip. I’ve read some mixed reviews referring to the price…but I mean this isn’t your street meat sausage stand! I think the beer list is pretty extensive and for the most part comparable to other restaurants’ prices (though if I can get Hitachino Nest for $3.50 at the LCBO, I think I’ll pass on the $6.50 mark up).

And personally, I think it’s nice to tip them in the jar at the front (which was sadly pretty empty). There are people who come out and serve you your food, clean up, and ask how the food is…so don’t let the ordering cafeteria style be your excuse for skimping on tipping! I’m definitely coming again, beer and sausage, you can’t go wrong. ~yy

p.s. WVRST you need to add cheese to your toppings. CHEESE PLEASE!

 

Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition 2011

Friday, July 8th, 2011

It’s that time again! Arm yourselves with sunglasses and some water and check out the Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition at Nathan Phillips Square this weekend. It’s a scorcher out there! The show seems a bit smaller this year, perhaps due to the construction at city hall, and they’re not using the full lawn area, but still quite a bit to see. It’s on Fri. and Sat. from 10:30am – 7:30pm. and Sun. from 10:30am. – 6:30pm. I had the chance to run through quickly today and here are a few things that caught my eye (sorry, I gravitate towards the plush and sewn).

The Fierce Bunnies by Sonja Ahlers are incredibly cute,  handsewn bunnies made from deconstructed vintage sweaters. They go through an intricate process and nothing goes to waste! They seem calm and quiet, but somehow I feel I don’t want to wake these bunnies. You can see more of Sonja’s work on her website: http://www.sonjaahlers.com  I’ve also seen her work before at the Magic Pony shop and bunnies are also available on her etsy store.

I also liked the animal busts at the Felt Factory by Sabine Alpers. All the animals are all patiently needle felted from wool.

And one of our blog favourites, Amanda Ho of Denture Thief Productions is also at the show. She has many of the items we’ve featured previously plus new elephants! Love the embroidery details on all the elephants, making them each unique. She also has a new website so check out her stuff: www.denture-thief.com

Wish I had more time to spend at the show, but hope this little preview leads you to check out all the artists there! ~ Lurgs

Custom Stamps

Tuesday, July 5th, 2011

I had been planning to get a custom stamp made for my shop Cunning & Crafty for a while and had browsed through many stamp shops on Etsy until I decided on JLMould. She provides lots of wood mounted and clear mounted stamps in various sizes. You can choose from a variety of designs or supply your own image from a digital file or a drawing (as long as it’s a clear, monotone design). I chose a 2″ x 0.5″ sized stamp mounted on a clear block and emailed Jessica Lynn my file. She responded quickly and in a few weeks (only delayed by the Canadian Postal Strike), I got my stamp and I couldn’t be happier.

Another reason why I chose JLMould was that they also provided the clear mounting block for the stamp and gave me 2 moulds of my stamp. The moulds are flexible pieces of plastic that contain your design and you can peel it off from the clear mounting block to change designs or reposition. They just stick with their inherent plastic stickiness. It’s also nice to have a clear stamp so you can see exactly where you’re stamping. Looking forward to stamping my packages and cards! Check out www.JLMould.etsy.com to see if she might have the stamp for you!

~Lurgs

Thanks Sweat Shoppers!

Friday, July 1st, 2011

Hurray for a successful first showing in Toronto last Saturday at the Parkdale Bazaar!  Mama Yee made an appearance! We had a great time meeting fellow craftsters and displaying our work from PS I Heart You and Cunning & Crafty. Thanks to everyone for coming to support us and for all the new customers. We can’t wait to do another show!

Except for a little drizzle, we’re so happy the rain held off and we got to babysit this little cutie for a most memorable customer.